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All-In-One

Hey there! I’m just popping in to let you know that I have decided to do all of my blogging at Heart, Soul and Strength. I was going to try keeping one blog for food and one for other stuff, but I don’t want to keep up with two different blogs. So, I am blogging here about whatever I feel like blogging about:) Hope you’ll come visit!

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Just not feelin’ it~

Well, it looks like I have not been in the mood for blogging lately~oops! I am still trying to figure this ‘diet’ thing out and it has not been easy. I have had some wonderful meals and think I should take a picture and post on my blog, but I’m just not feelin’ it 😉 I am NOT quiting my blog all together, just kind of trying to re-group. Hope you’ll be patient with me and keep stopping by. I will be back to ‘normal’ soon~whatever that means~I mean, who defines ‘normal’ anyway?

Hope you are all doing well! 🙂

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Pure Torture!

About 2 or 3 times a month, our church meets in small groups at different people’s homes~we call it care group. Last night, I had the honor of making snacks. I picked a recipe that I can’t eat, but I can at least look at it 🙂

Cookie and Cream Cheesecake Bars

I found this recipe at Living Graciously blog. They must have been really good, because they were GONE!  They were easy to make too and I may make them again sometime soon for my family. The biggest problem I had making them was the SMELL!! They smelled SO good. I felt like a smoker who has quit and just wants to take in the smell. Anyway, that was torture!

So what did I have for dessert yesterday? Well, after my very late lunch, I still had a hankering for something and then remembered this:

frozen cherries with coconut milk

I put about 6-8 frozen cherries in a small prep bowl and put about 1-1/2 Tbs. of canned coconut milk over the top. The coconut milk freezes on the cherries for a yummy little treat!

I used to do this all the time and have posted about it at some point. The difference is, back then I would put dark chocolate chips on top, and now I must settle for no chocolate. It’s still yummy though! If you can have chocolate, I encourage you to give it a try with it 😉

Well, I’m off to physical therapy. Hope you all have a beautiful day!

What is your favorite dessert? If I could eat anything I want, I think my pick would probably be pecan pie 🙂 with ice cream of course!

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I know, Christmas is long gone, but I’m making a different kind of list. I’m back to Living Free after a long break! I have been blogging at Heart, Soul and Strength lately . That blog is mostly about health stuff, but I have found myself wanting to talk about FOOD!!

I am currently on a gluten free, grain free, dairy free, sugar free (not even stevia), low oxalate diet! What a mouthful! So, the other day I was feeling completely overwhelmed by all of this and I thought ‘I just need to make a list!’. I started going through the low-oxalate food list and grain free cookbooks and writing down different possibilities for meals that meet all of my dietary restrictions. That way, when I feel lost and overwhelmed, I can just go to my list and pick out a meal~and KNOW that is it safe 🙂 Whew!

Normally when people go grain free, they rely more on nuts and nut flours, but I can’t do that because of oxalates. My stand by flour these days is coconut flour and I LOVE it! Anyway, I wanted to show you what I had to eat yesterday.

Spirulina smoothie with 2 boiled eggs

I had been stumped as to how to make a smoothie with NO sweetener of any kind. My fruits are pretty limited due to oxalates so no bananas in this baby! Then I remembered~coconut water! I used 3/4 c. coconut water, 1/4 coconut milk(canned), 1 tbs. ground flax, 1-1/2 tsp. spirulina powder, frozen mango and pineapple.

Lunch:

Chicken, mashed cauliflower, coconut flour bread w/ avocado

That’s not a very good picture, but I can assure you, it was delicious! I cooked the chicken in wheat free tamari and some herbs and had garlicky mashed cauliflower. The bread and avocado were just the icing on the cake 😉

Dinner:

Salad, beef and broccoli~chinese style and coconut flour bread

Again, terrible picture (gotta work on that), but tasted heavenly. I actually used deer tenderloin instead of beef. So, yummy! The deer and broccoli had sesame oil and lots of garlic. I planned on cooking cabbage with this, but ran out of energy. Never fear, this is a meal we WILL be having again!

My Dr. only wants me to eat every 5 hours and all of these meals kept me plenty satisfied until time to eat again 🙂 WooHoo!! Off to a good start on my ‘list’!

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New Home

Long time no see everyone! I just wanted to let you know that my blog has found a new home. I hope you will come visit me here soon! I felt like my blog here at Living Free had lost focus and purpose. I have since been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue and will be blogging at Heart, Soul and Strength about my journey learning to deal with chronic illness. Living Free began as more of a food blog and I’m just not in that season anymore. I will be sharing about food every now and then on my new blog and would be very blessed to see some of my friends in my new home:)

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Hubby and I went on a date night last night to a place called Bull and Bones. I had looked online before we went and it said ‘gluten free friendly’ so I thought this would be a great place to go! We got there and asked the waiter if he could tell me what was gluten free. He went to ask and returned and proceeded to tell me that all of their steaks were gluten free–duh, and all their ribs were gluten free if you didn’t get the b’bcue sauce, yada, yada, yada. Problem:1) I do not like steak–I may taste a steak once a year–or less! 2) You could not pay me to eat ribs–tried them–once  3) was NOT in the mood for a salad or chicken. Actually, I wasn’t in the mood for ANYTHING on the menu!! So, what did I order–absolutely NOTHING!! I figured why pay anywhere from $12-$15 for something I don’t even want. Hubby got his ribs and fries and I sat and enjoyed my water. I felt very weird because everyone kept looking at me like I was an outcast! I have never done this before in my whole life, but I was glad I didn’t eat just for the sake of eating.

After hubby ate, we needed to find something that I DID want to eat. We went in an ice cream place, a chocolate store, and a smoothie place and still-NOTHING! Can you believe it? We made our way to the health food store across the street and I FINALLY settled on some millet and flax crackers and hummus. I could eat hummus anytime!

millet and flax cracker with hummus

That hit the spot and I had it again for lunch today:) I also did end up getting a piece of chocolate at the health food store.

umm--yumm!!

I was craving peanut butter, which is kind of weird because I never eat it, but I went with it. I had a few nibbles of this last night and few more at lunch today. I’m trying to make it last 😉

Later, before we came home, I got a small cup of chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cups in it. This was at a different ice cream place than we first went in. It’s called Cold Stone and they have the BEST chocolate ice cream! I don’t know what’s up with the chocolate and peanut butter craving, but it sure did taste good! I was completely satisfied after eating what I really wanted instead of settling for an expensive meal that didn’t appeal to me. I am trying to learn to really pay attention to what my body is craving and I think it is helping me. I’m not as worried about food rules etc. and I didn’t feel one bit guilty over the ice cream!! I can have treats in moderation and there is NOTHING wrong with that 🙂

Have you ever gone out to eat and then ordered nothing?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

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Happy Thursday morning! I can’t believe it’s Thursday already, but I’m glad because that means tomorrow is Friday! That means I don’t have to work tomorrow 8)

I called this post ‘No More Hiding’ because for a while now, I have just been putting along like I am doing grand, when in reality, I have been sliding down the slippery slope of my old obssession with weight and bad body image. I have decided that it is high time I just be honest and admit, I HAVE REALLY BEEN STRUGGLING!! From now on, I plan to just be myself– for better or for worse!

The last few days have been pretty busy and I have still been working on sticking to my goals that I listed in my last post, but I forgot one. It’s a VERY important one too! I forgot to put on my list–DO NOT WEIGH EVERYDAY!! That can get me back into bondage with food and weight issues faster than you can say ‘Bob’s your uncle’ and I unfortunately had been going down that road. So, my goal is to weigh once a week–or every other week would be even better. I know some people don’t believe in weighing at all, but I’m not ready for that yet 😉

I’m going to see my nutritionist next Friday. I haven’t seen her in over a year and am looking forward to it. I just feel like I need some help getting my head on straight as far as what is best for my body and health. I am also having to step away from reading as many blogs for a while. Sometimes, the more I read, the more confused I get. I put VERY high expectations on myself and then beat myself up if I can’t meet them.

I have also started an online Bible study called ‘In His Image’ that really focuses on finding acceptance and satisfaction in Christ instead of a certain weight etc. AND, I have ordered a book called ‘You Are Not What You Weigh’. I have read this book before and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever struggled with body image etc. I am obviously trying to be very proactive in my fight against old habits! I think if we just sit back and let things slide–we get into BIG trouble!

1 Timothy 1:18-19 says, “I give you this instruction… so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience.” I am trying to fight the good fight and hold on to faith instead of clinging to the worthless idol of being a certain weight.

Okay, so that was my honesty for the day–now on to some food!

I had the BEST brunch the other day. I bet ya’ll didn’t know that I LOVE burritos! Well, I do. I started out planning to make a tofu and potato hash and it turned into a black bean and potato hash instead. I adore anything with black beans so this really hit the spot!

black bean and tator hash

I shredded a few red potatoes in the food processor and placed them in a skillet with a little oil. Then I added onions, red pepper, zucchini and 1 can black beans. Then I put some of this mixture in a warm brown rice tortilla with a little salsa and pepperjack flavored soy cheese.

my burrito:)

That was the BEST meal I have had in a long time! I am discovering that there are certain types of foods that really get me in the mood to cook, but more about that another day 🙂

Gosh, I better go! It’s not Friday yet, which means I DO have to work today! Hope you all have a fantabulous day 😉

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